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  • CW for new mothers and the struggle that comes with low milk production

Milk, The Cauldron Anthology

Originally published in the "Mother" edition of The Cauldron Anthology, February 2022, p.54
Pea Flower Tomioka


She is exhausted.

Her body is weak
and movement causes the incision across the belly
a vessel of her greatest treasure, to singe in pain.

Her breasts ache.
Her nipples crack.
She is in anguish, caught between the struggles

to produce enough to feed her son a morning bottle, and the
devastation she fears if she
fails to fill the bottle.

Tomioka, Pea Flower.  "Milk" Mother, The Cauldron Anthology, February 2022.
Handwritten, cursive signature says "pea flower tea" in lowercase letters. The flower is a small sketch of a bloom, instead of the word for "flower".

About the author

Pea is an artist focused on building an art therapy platform through transformative art and positive erotica to help victims of sexual violence reclaim their power. She lives on a small island and hides from loud noises.